Social Media Reacts to Mick’s Shark Encounter

As the surf world continues to reel after one of the heaviest and most shocking moments in the history of competitive surfing, we’ve dug around on social media to find the best, most heartfelt and silliest social media reactions to the events:

Glad to know this guy and even happier that he swam/walked away unscathed. The only mark on him is a tiny scratch (probably from hitting the shark) on his left hand knuckle. I got an email from a friend tonight who said he clearly saw a shark figure in a wave during the quarterfinals from a drone shot. There were multiple water photogs (including @jimmicane who shot this photo) swimming all day. I believe good things come to good people and although you can’t say this was ‘good’, the outcome was amazing. @mfanno’s instincts kicked into high gear and his scramble to face the shark and keep the board between them may have saved him. The scariest moment was when he turned around to face where the shark would be coming from after swimming 20 meters towards shore. I can’t even imagine the vulnerability he must’ve felt. Great job by the contest announcers, water safety for getting right on it, @julian_wilson for paddling to help a friend out and basically everyone there to support. Hey, you didn’t surf half bad this week either! #GiveHimTheTrophy!

A photo posted by Kelly Slater (@kellyslater) on


 Some responses took a slightly more light hearted tone and whilst we don’t necessarily condone such flippancy to what was essentially a near death experience, we do want to honour the Ozzie’s culture of laughing in the face of everything, so here are some of our favourite meme’s to come out of the debacle:

  Too soon?   A photo posted by Chris White Photography (@chris.whitey) on